In the next decade, many students prepping for college will not be the typical 18-year-old high school graduate. Nor will the average college-bound seek college attendance full-time. By 2021, many college freshmen will be older or attending part-time according to The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Yesterday, the Fortieth Edition of the Projections of Education Statistics to 2021 was released on the web.
From 2010 to 2021, a period of 11 years, 24 million more students are expected to enroll in postsecondary degree-granting institutions. The age and attendance status of many of these students will differ from current pupils. How they prep for college may also change.
The NCES collects, analyzes and reports data related to education, fulfilling a congressional mandate for this information. The latest statistics show changes in the age and attendance status of the student population predicted through the 2021-2022 school year for postsecondary education.
In the past, the average college student prepped for college, applied, and attended college after high school graduation. College campuses were filled with 18-24 year olds. However, two older groups are enrolling at a faster rate.
The NCES report divides students into three age groups: 18-24, 25-34 and 35 years or older. The oldest group is projected to have the largest growth (25%) and the youngest group the smallest growth (10%). View the slideshow above to see the table College Student Body for increases in enrollment based on student age.
The college of the future may have students and parents of students attending together. Perhaps they will prep for college together.
By 2021, there will be more part-time enrollees in postsecondary degree-granting institutions. According to the NCES report, part-timers show a projected 18% increase while full-time students display a smaller 12% increase. It takes longer for part-time students to earn a degree than those pursuing a degree full-time.
The December 2010 NCES report entitled "Persistence and Attainment of 2003–04 Beginning Postsecondary Students: After 6 Years First Look" showed about half of students who first enrolled in a 4-year institution starting in 2003-04 school year achieved a bachelor's degree within six years. Only 5% received an associate's degree. With more part-time students, graduation rates may be even worse. View the slideshow above to see the table College Attendance Status for increases in full and part-time attendance.
College costs are rising but pursuing a degree can become even more expensive if it takes longer to earn it. This increases the pressure on all students for good and thorough college prep.
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